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3 things Arsenal got wrong in 2-1 defeat to Manchester United

Shambhu Ajith
5.37K   //    30 Apr 2018, 11:41 IST

Fellaini clinched the winner in the 90th minute

Jose Mourinho's positive pragmatic football got the better of Arsene Wenger's men on the legendary manager's final visit to Old Trafford. Arsenal fielded a rather inexperienced side, only their second youngest ever; the youngest being the team that got beat 8-2 at Old Trafford back in the day.

However, the new breed of youngsters proved more than just up to the task and if it wasn't for Fellaini's header in Fergie time, Arsene Wenger would have walked away from Old Trafford for the last time with a point. However, it was not to be and the match ended in heartbreak for the Frenchman and his side.

Before the match, we witnessed the warmth that rivalry eventually gives way to as Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson honoured Arsene Wenger. 3 of the most successful Premier League managers coming together to bid one farewell. It was unlike any other Arsenal vs Manchester United occasion.

Let's now get to the 3 things Arsenal got wrong against Manchester United at Old Trafford:

#3 Fielding an experienced side

United had their best players on the pitch

This was unavoidable but it's still a fatal flaw on Arsenal's part which perhaps cost them the two goals. Mavropanos and Chambers had centreback duties. Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson were playing down the wings.

Though the youngsters came to their own and even took the game to Manchester United at times, they were still far away from how good they could have been. In-form players Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey were rested.

Willock also got a run in in the second half. However, they were no match for the likes of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba who bossed proceedings in the centre of the park with that professional efficiency that's starting to become typical of this United side.

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